Four Seasons Bora Bora is located on a private motu (reef islet) in French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands, a short boat ride from Bora Bora. Set alongside a crystal-clear lagoon, the Four Seasons is surrounded by sensational scenery, with striking views of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu, towering out of the ocean.
Guests at the Four Seasons stay in private thatched-roof bungalow suites, which are raised overwater on stilts, connected to the island by a wooden pontoon. Or for more space and privacy, there are vast beachfront villa estates with up to three bedrooms, which are ideal for families.
For a really romantic setting, I would recommend the beach-view overwater bungalow suites, which have spacious shaded decks furnished with table and chairs, overlooking the shimmering white-sand beach of the island.
The interiors are simple in style, with soft colour tones, natural woods and white linens, so that they feel incredibly relaxing and peaceful, allowing you to completely unwind on holiday. These suites have ladders that take you directly into the lagoon, and some have private plunge pools.
The Villa Estates are perfect for families, secluded within tropical surroundings, with up to three bedrooms, a large private infinity pool in an enclosed garden that stretches out to the beach.
There are extensive indoor and outdoor dining and lounge areas, as well as an outdoor kitchen, and the villas are designed with really high ceilings and thatched roofs, so that they remain lovely and cool, filled with natural light and letting in the ocean breeze. The villas include a dedicated host, a private beach set-up, and non-motorised watersports equipment.
There are so many private experiences that can be arranged, such as yoga on the beach, in-room spa treatments, and private dinners. French Polynesia is all about underwater adventures. Half day snorkelling adventures take you by boat past stunning scenery of Mounts Otemanu and Pahia, to reach the most colourful coral gardens, where you’ll see a wonderful variety of exotic fish, rays and sharks, followed by a traditional lunch in a local fisherman’s home.
Guests can take kayaks and paddleboards out on the lagoon, try kite surfing lessons or guided jet-skiing adventures, discover the Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary with a resident marine biologist, set sail at sunset with cocktails in hand, or canoe to a private white sand motu for a Champagne dinner.
Breakfast at the Four Seasons is served at Tere Nui, and there is a fantastic choice of dining experiences, including the Chef’s Menu at Arii Moana, fresh Polynesian seafood at Fish House at Fare Hoa, and Asian cuisine at Vaimiti. There is nothing better than a cool cocktail on the beach at sunset, followed by a feast of locally-caught seafood, grilled to perfection.
For a special occasion, we can arrange an authentic local experience, watching Polynesian dancers perform a traditional fire dance, which can be enjoyed along with a private dinner on the beach.
There is a heavenly overwater spa suite on the edge of the lagoon, which combines ancient traditions with native ingredients to offer transformative wellness treatments. Beneath the massage beds is a glass-bottomed floor, so that you can watch fish exploring the coral reef below - pure magic.
There is also a yoga platform that stretches over the lagoon, which is such a peaceful setting for your daily practise.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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